St. Peters Basilica Vatican
Girl looking at the Sistine Chapel
Girl taking a picture of the maps room
Tapestry Room's ceiling
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Semi-Private Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums Tour

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2.5 h.
Mon to Sat
08:30, 10:30 & 11:00

A Semi-Private guided tour with a group of 10 is the ideal way to explore the Vatican Museums. Your art historian guide will bring you through the small state to take in the treasures inside.

  • Our Reserved Access gets you First Access into the Vatican before everyone else.
  • Your expert Vatican guide will inspire you with the hidden stories behind the art of the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and the Museums.
  • Enjoy an intimate experience with a small group of only 10 or fewer.

Skip-the-Line on Your Intimate Semi-Private Vatican Tour

What's Included

  • Reserved Access to the Vatican Museums

  • Groups of 10 people or less

  • English speaking cultural guide

  • All tickets and reservation fees

  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael's Rooms
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries

Reserved Access to the Museums

Bypass the lines through our Reserved Access to the Museums on our Semi-Private Tour of the Vatican Museums and share the quality of the papal art collection on an engaging tour of the Vatican highpoints with an expert cultural guide.

No One Gives You More Access

Our tour really starts when you see the giant dome of St Peters Basilica rising over the gardens in the center of the Vatican.  Among the rooftops of this small state, you'll just be able to make out the rather plain looking exterior of the Sistine Chapel. To get there you'll enter the Pinecone Courtyard where the Popes used to welcome visiting dignitaries.  Today it acts as a sort of holding area for groups about to enter the Museum halls. Between the statues from Egypt and the unusual modern sculptures, you will learn about Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship and there is no guiding allowed inside so this is where you will discover what to look out for.

The path to the Chapel will take you through rooms full of maps and statues, marble floors, exquisite ceilings and walls lined with hanging tapestries and glittering frescoes. Your guide will keep you enthralled with stories of the artists, their techniques and their relationship with the popes as you make your way towards the chapel. Once inside you will have time to examine all the finer points of the artwork inside and discover the genius behind Michelangelo's radical techniques which are considered the apex of the Renaissance style.

No One Gets You in Faster

Over the course of 2.5 hours, our guides will uncover the stories of the Vatican Museums and its exquisite architecture on a tour designed to be as engaging as possible in a location which attracts so many people every day. From the heavenly Basilica to the bible stories coming to life on the frescoes, you'll discover how the Popes used art to carry their news in the centuries before bibles were printed.  

Important Notes

Please note that due to current Covid-19 restrictions and new safety policies, all customers will be required to wear a mask on Dark Rome tours. Temperature checks will also take place at tour venues; if your temperature is above 37.5°C you will unfortunately not be able to attend the tour.

Important Notes

Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 years old to present valid ID and certification proving that you have either:

  • Been vaccinated with an EMA or AIFA approved vaccine (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna);
  • Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
  • Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;

The certification will only be accepted if issued by an approved issuing body of the following countries: EU, Schengen Zone, Canada, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, and the USA, in either digital or paper format. They must be presented in Italian, English, French, or Spanish. For more information, please refer to the following website:

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